In a somewhat shocking bye-week move, the Patriots have chosen to close the book on the Randy Moss era in New England. In return for shipping Moss’ talents to Minneapolis, the Patriots will receive a 3rd Round draft pick in 2011. Here is a full list of the Patriots Draft Picks in 2011.
After failing to catch a ball for the first time in a Patriot uniform, Moss hardened his stance that he wanted out of New England. Moss’ agent Joel Segal reportedly asked for a trade after Week 1 of the NFL season, while Moss and Belichick had a verbal “dust-up” last night that probably stamped his ticket out of town.
Randy Moss’ departure will certainly be felt on offense for the Patriots. The lack of a true deep threat could mean double teams on Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker, or more eight-man fronts. While Brandon Tate has incredible speed, he hasn’t proven himself to be a legitimate vertical receiver in the NFL.
Two names that come to mind that could help the Patriots are Vincent Jackson and Lee Evans. Both are in their 20′s with outstanding resumes of down-the-field catches. Each could cost the Pats a couple of day two picks in 2011, but that seems like a small price to play to keep the NFL’s number one offense buzzing.
Randy Moss will face the Patriots on October 31st, for the Week 8 Vikings/Patriots matchup.